I have been on a total Asian kick lately and this Instant Pot Sesame Chicken does the trick! It is so tasty, filling and super easy to make!
I am loving the instant pot!! What would have taken me 6 hrs in the crock-pot only took me 35 minutes! However, if you don’t have an instant pot, don’t fret. You can easily make this a crock-pot recipe by placing the chicken in the crock-pot, covering with the sauce and cooking on low for 6 hours or high for 1.5-2 hours. You can also make this recipe Gluten-free by using gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari.
I am not a huge honey person (I was traumatized as a child – when we were sick, my mother used to make us drink tea with honey and I would gag and cry) but I finally cracked and bought some honey to use for this sauce. I used Trader Joe’s multi-floral and clover honey (image below) but I don’t think it really matters what kind you use. Any honey experts out there, comment below with your thoughts!
I serve this with rice and broccoli but you can serve with any veggies and carbohydrate you prefer. Remember, the plate should be 3/4 full with veggies and protein and only 1/4 worth of carbohydrates. (I am not saying for everyone, if you are following a particular diet please refer to that specific meal plan or to your doctor).
I hope everyone is enjoying their Instant Pot and this recipe as much as I am!
Products I love to use when cooking this recipe:
Crock-Pot (if not using instant pot)
- 2 lbs chicken breast cubed
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil to saute chicken/onions
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic to saute chicken/onions
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 4 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- green onions (optional)
- sesame seeds (optional)
over med-high heat saute olive oil for about 30 seconds. add garlic for about 30 seconds.
while chicken/onions are sauteing, make sauce in a small mixing bowl. Mix honey, soy sauce, ketchup, minced garlic and sriracha.
add chicken/onions to Instant Pot.
add sauce to Instant Pot. Stir.
close lid, manually set to 5 min high pressure.
use 10 natural release. (let IP go into keep warm mode and count 10 minutes. press cancel and release steam valve)
select saute function on low.
add 3 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp sesame seeds. stir.
cook on saute mode for about 3 minutes stirring gently while sauce thickens.
turn saute off and let stand for about 7 minutes while sauce thickens.
top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with broccoli and rice. Enjoy!